About Us


Our Officers


President -

Reiko Guernsey

   My name is Reiko Guernsey and I am honored to serve as President of Michigan Okinawa Kenjinkai.  I    hope that our Kenjinkai can continue to foster a sense of community among Okinawans in Michigan.







Vice President -

Chiyo Menzel

   Konnichiwa!  My name is Chiyo Menzel.  I look forward to serving as Vice-President of Michigan Okinawa Kenjinkai.  After recently returning from a trip back to Okinawa, I realize how much I miss it back home and hope to keep connected to Okinawans in our Kenjinkai.






Treasurer -

Kimi Lowe

   My name is Kimi Lowe and I am the Kenjinkai Treasurer.  When I was in the 8th       grade, our teacher read a poem, something like this: "Whenever somebody needs your  help, go and help him."  Ever since, this has become my motto.  We should help each other and do whatever we can to improve our Kenjinkai.  Let's do it, together.

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Secretary -

Kim Menzel

   Hello.  My name is Kim Menzel.  I am the daughter of members Duke and Chiyo Menzel.  I look forward to this new opportunity and hope to develop an informative and fun newsletter for Michigan Okinawa Kenjinkai.







Art Director -

David Bloem

   Hello everyone, my name is David Bloem.  It is with humbled surprise that I introduce myself to you as your Art Director.  What I have experienced of the culture and people of the Okinawa Islands has inspired me to learn more.  I have been shown a culture of people that closely support one another and who share in their heritage traditions with joyful hearts.  The only thing I hope for as Art Director is to serve so to let the culture of Okinawa be experienced by all.  In doing that I am sure I will need help, but know I can rest assured.  Thank you and see you soon!